Senators: U.S. Forces at Risk Due to Syrian Chemical Weapons - DOTMIL. Several senators are raising concerns that unrest in Syria could allow that nation's chemical and other weapons to be used against U.S. forces and allies in the region.
"The growing breakdown of order and security in Syria could place its significant stockpiles of poison gases and operational chemical weapons at risk," Maine Republican Susan Collins, New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, and New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen wrote in a February 17 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. DOTMIL obtained a copy of the letter. [See pictures of the violence in Syria] The senators want the Obama administration to spell out the planning it has done to prepare for and "address" the potential that the Assad regime's stockpiles of chemical weapons might go missing.
"In the event of a regime collapse, it is difficult to overstate the danger these weapons could pose to allies and U.S. forces in the region if they fall into the wrong hands," the letter states. Syrian refugees arrive for overdue medical care. By: Rakan al-Fakih TRIPOLI – When 10-year-old Khaled awoke at Tripoli Public Hospital over the weekend, he had been unconscious for two days and he was missing a leg.
A missile hit his home near Homs 17 days go, but it took him two weeks to make it to a hospital. A siege by the Syrian Army around Khaled’s village of Qusayr, just 12 kilometers from the Lebanese-Syrian border, prevented his transfer to a hospital. Fifteen days after the missile fell, the Free Syrian Army took him and his father through a smuggling route to the border near Masharih al-Qaa in the northern Bekaa Valley. From there, the Lebanese Red Cross took them to Tripoli Public Hospital, where Khaled was having seizures upon arrival. According to Ahmad Moussa, a media official in a committee that coordinates the affairs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, in addition to their physical pain those like Khaled who are injured in Syria also fear arrest or murder at the hands of the Syrian army or its supporters in Lebanon.
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Hacking en Syrie. Message from Anonymous: Operation Syria. Syrie (Suriyah / سوريا) Syrie: importantes manifestations de soutien aux soldats déserteurs. Les Syriens ont manifesté vendredi par dizaines de milliers à travers le pays pour apporter leur soutien aux militaires dissidents et crier leur haine du régime, malgré la répression qui a fait encore dix morts dont une fillette de six ans.
Parallèlement, les Etats-Unis ont exprimé leur inquiétude à la Russie, alliée du régime de Bachar al-Assad, concernant un navire russe transportant des armes qui serait en route vers la Syrie. Vendredi, les forces de sécurité ont tué dix civils à travers le pays: cinq à Homs (centre), deux à Damir (près de Damas) dont une fillette de six ans, un à Kefer Nebel (nord-ouest), un dans la région d'Alep (nord) et un adolescent de 17 ans à Hama (centre), selon l'Observatoire syrien des droits de l'Homme (OSDH). Des milliers d'autres manifestants se sont rassemblés à Palmyre, dans la région de Homs, bastion de la contestation, et à Lattaquié (ouest). Facebook. L'émir du Qatar est favorable à l'envoi d'une force arabe en Syrie. Le Monde.fr avec AFP et Reuters | • Mis à jour le La Ligue arabe devrait "étudier" l'idée d'envoyer de troupes en Syrie, évoquée par l'émir du Qatar, affirme, dimanche 15 janvier, Amr Moussa, ex-chef de l'organisation panarabe et candidat à la présidentielle égyptienne.
"C'est une proposition très importante.